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2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

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  • Location: Marseille, France
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Visit the vibrant Provence lavender fields on a full-day trip from Marseille! Traveling with an expert local guide, you'll spend the morning of your tour in the pretty town of Aix-en-Provence visiting its markets, before continuing to the Valensole Plateau. The landscape here comes to life in June and July, when the fields fill with eye-catching swathes of fragrant lavender. Stop for photos and shop for essential oils and flowers in Valensole village.

Numbers are limited to eight on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll see the best of the lavender fields with personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • Full-day Provence lavender fields tour from Marseille
  • Visit Aix-en-Provence’s bustling markets and spend time at leisure in the pretty town
  • Stop for photos in the magnificent lavender fields of Valensole Plateau
  • Enjoy the heady scents of lavender and thyme while exploring Valensole village
  • Shop for lavender flowers and essential oils in Valensole’s quaint boutiques
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Provence Lavender Fields and Aix-en-Provence Tour from Marseille

Provence Lavender Fields and Aix-en-Provence Tour from Marseilles

Meet your guide at Marseille Vieux Port in the morning, and then set off by air-conditioned minivan to Aix-en-Provence -- a chic little town in the heart of the Provence region. Stroll through Aix’s streets with your guide and browse the wares at one of the town’s vibrant markets.

Enjoy roughly three hours at leisure in the town to soak up the ambiance and take lunch (own expense). You guide will happily give you tips for the best places to eat or to simply sit and watch the world go by.

After meeting back at a pre-arranged time, leave Aix by minivan and travel to the achingly beautiful Valensole Plateau – an area that bursts to life in the summer with a fragrant abundance of lavender and almond trees. Aptly translated from Latin as ‘valley of the sun,' Valensole is perfectly positioned with its sunny climate and fertile ground to grow lavender... and lots of it! As you travel through its picturesque streets, stop for photos in the magnificent lavender fields, and then explore Valensole village at leisure, perhaps shopping for lavender flowers and essential oils to take home.

Return to Marseille in the late afternoon, passing through more picturesque Provence countryside on the way to the coast. Your tour ends back at Marseille Vieux Port.

Customer Reviews

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2014

Overall is a good trip. Anyway Lavender was not blooming during our visit.
The tour guide is quite nice but the only thing is he look like unpatient during the way back.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better July 2013

We loved Aix-en-Provence . We did get a good walking tour first to get the lie of the land, so to speak.
The Lavender fields were disappointing because the buds hadn't opened - not anyone's fault, of course but an alternative could have been offered.The following drive around to a couple of villages seemed a bit aimless (partly because one village was closed off) |We were asked what we would like instead but didn't know the area.
It was very annoying to be dropped so far from the hotel. We were told this was because the road was closed but there was traffic still going in both directions. (I think it was to be closed off later for the music festival). I feel you should stick to promised arrangements.
We had quite a bit of extra distance to walk because we weren't actually staying at the hotel. It would be much better to be picked up and dropped off at our accommodation, instead of having to make our way through rowdy crowds, after walking the extra distance. Also, the vehicle was much too crowded.
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